The quick and dirty of self-tanning versus fake baking is this, one is healthy and one is hazardous. Self-tanning lotions, creams and sprays are far less detrimental to our overall health over the ill-formed habit of fake baking in a tanning bed. If your goal is to be the healthiest version of you, the decision is easy. However, if you are blinded by the glimmering bronze promises of any given tanning salon already….well…here is our best attempt at a fair comparison to help you make up your own mind.
Both self-tanners and fake baking developed to solve the same “problem” of wanting a deeper, darker complexion. A desire to look healthy or “sun-kissed” is not wrong, but when it aids in the development of serious skin diseases and ages your skin it should no longer be seen as desirable. Indoor tanners are 74% more likely to develop melanoma, 2.5x more likely to develop squamous cell carcinoma and 1.5x more likely to develop basal cell carcinoma than non-tanners, or those who choose to use self-tanners as the alternative.
There are many ways to feel good and a multiple ways to receive a healthy tan and tanning beds, or “fake baking” qualifies as neither. This obsession with fake tanning is driving participants to risk their long-term health needlessly in the name of “beauty”.
Whether you are laying out in the natural sun, a tanning bed user, or a self-tanning advocate, remember to always wear SPF in the sun, a hat to protect your scalp and a daily moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated and supple. Seriously considering the difference between self-tanners and fake baking is important for your overall health. Choosing self-tanners over tanning beds is healthier, will save you money, time and future doctors’ visits!